What is this event?
Chalk the Port is a free, family-friendly event in the tradition of European 16th-century street painting. Nationally-acclaimed featured artists, local artists, and children transform the pavement of the Recreation Department parking lot into a canvas full of colorful masterpieces using chalk.
In addition to the incredible chalk artists, this event also features a 5K run, a family carnival, and, new this year, a Youth Art Contest.
Why the event was created?
Chalk the Port was first introduced in 2017 and quickly grew over the next two years. Due to the global pandemic, the event had to be paused in 2020 and 2021, but it is back now for 2022!
The Town of Kennebunkport is a unique place that combines simple architecture, exquisite experiences, and a tight-knit community. Chalk the Port was designed to not only bring the community together but also to find a creative and fun way to help our Parks and Recreations Department. All proceeds go to the scholarship fund for kids and seniors.
Where is it?
All the chalking and activity will be at the Parks and Recreation center at 20 Recreation Way, Kennebunkport, ME 04046
What is the history of Chalk Art?
The tradition of Chalk Art or Pavement Art began in Italy in the 16th century. Drifting artists known in Italy as madonnari would travel between festivals and live off of the coins thrown next to or on their drawings. These artists were vital to the Italian History of local art and records of similar artists called "screevers" popped up in England in the mid-1800s. The popularity of this style of art continued to grow over time and the first U.S. Chalk Festival took place in Santa Barbara, California, in 1986. Today there are between 50 and 100 Chalk Festivals in the U.S. every year.